National Semiconductor Corp. (www.national.com) has unveiled the LP3950, reportedly the first color LED driver with audio synchronizer. With this feature, the color LEDs on the phone or MP3 player blink and change color in time with the music or ring tones. Offered in a 32-pin thin CSP package, the LP3950 also comes with two RGB LED outputs that can drive up to 300 mA for color LEDs or for camera flash LED. National Semiconductor has also introduced the LP3942 and LP3931 chips for handheld devices. Applications include cell phones, smart phones, global positioning systems, and personal digital assistants.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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